Highway Director William Decelles is honored for 35 years of service.
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The town is considering buying a new gravel bed on Ore Bed Road.
Town officials have been in talks with Dennis Condron about purchasing a piece of property across from the town's landfill.
Selectman Henry "Hank" Sayers said the property has about 50,000 yards of gravel in the lot while the town's current landfill is nearly empty.
Selectmen did not disclose the price, saying it changes while in talks with Condron, but the purchase hits on multiple fronts — it saves the town from having to purchase as much gravel for roads, it prevents someone from buying and building on the land that has potential for contamination, and eventually can be turned into a small park or walking trails.
"We are also trying to get it off the books so nobody can build on it," Chairman John Goerlach said.
Previously, a number of private wells in the area were found to be contaminated and it is suspected that it came from the landfill. The town has to provide water filters and had to continually test the wells at those homes. Eventually, the town installed a new water line on Ore Bed Road to alleviate the need for as much testing.
The state Department of Environmental Protection has concerns about building on the land being considered but has determined that it is "technically not contaminated and can be used for gravel," said Town Manager Kelli Robbins.
Meanwhile, the current gravel bed is running low. Goerlach said he's been wanting to do something different with that piece of land for years — and has frequently mentioned the purchase of the new gravel bed.
The town could create walking trails at the current bed or simply sell it for a developer to build on — the land of the current gravel bed does not have contamination concerns.
Sayers wants Highway Department Director William Decelles to see the gravel in the new bed to ensure it is something he can use. The hope is for at least some time, the town could save money on buying gravel.
"Right now we are buying quite a bit," Decelles said.
In other business, the Board of Selectmen is in opposition to the turf field proposal at Mount Greylock Regional School. Mount Greylock officials are looking to build new sports fields at the middle and high school through a Williams College gift. But opponents are worried about health concerns with artificial turf.
P.J. Pannesco is honored for 50 years on the Fire Department.
Goerlach suggested the opposition saying he trusts the expertise of resident and landscaper Ray Jones that grass is a better option. Goerlach said grass not only doesn't have health concerns but can be done well at a lower cost.
"I'm going to side with Ray, the professional he is when it comes with grass, that we send a letter to the board asking that they consider other options," Goerlach said.
The Selectmen approved sending a letter to Mount Greylock officials voicing their opposition.
Also in other business, the state rejected the town's Complete Streets grant application that was hoped to fund improvements on Summer Street. Robbins, however, said Berkshire Regional Planning Commission Planner Eammon Coughlin has agreed to rework the application and resubmit it in the fall for free.
"They had a tremendous amount of applicants for millions of millions of dollars and they couldn't give everybody some money," Robbins said.
The board also recognized P.J. Pannesco for 50 years of service on the volunteer Fire Department and Decelles for 35 years in the Highway Department.
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Pittsfield Airport to Serve as Hub For Disaster Preparedness
By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Correspondent
Thomas Grady, left, Robert Czerwinski, and Lucy Britton at Wednesday's Central Berkshire Regional Emergency Planning Committee meeting.
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Berkshire County has received a total of $71,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a "point of distribution," or POD, training grant to aid residents in the event of a public disaster or emergency.
The Central Berkshire Regional Emergency Planning Committee announced the grants at its meeting Wednesday morning in Lanesborough.
Central Berkshire received $25,000 while the Northern and Southern Berkshire committees each were awarded $23,000 from the highly competitive grant program.
Bruce Augusti from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency's regional office in Agawam was in attendance to break the news and give credit to the parties involved.
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After pointing out that the board was meeting on National Dog Day, Animal Control Officer Jason Costa argued that excluding dogs from three town parks is unfair to the 470 registered dog owners in the town of about 3,000.
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